Governor Focus 2020

3, 4, 5 November - Virtual Event

We have decided to alter our annual Governor Focus Conference for 2020 to a virtual setting. We value the health and wellbeing of our members and felt we could provide the conference online, ensuring those who wish to attend can still do so from the comfort of their home. We're excited to provide this new experience for our leading governor event.

We are offering three governor places per trust for each day, with the option to change which governors attend each day. This results in a possible nine governors all guaranteed places attending one day each, or the same three governors can be booked onto all days. Please note that spaces are limited and bookings can only be made by the trusts themselves. Governors should contact their trusts in order to book their place onto this year's conference.

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Why attend Governor focus conference?

Our national Governor focus conference is the leading free-to-attend event for NHS governors, giving them the chance to network and learn from their peers. A fantastic opportunity to network with governors from across the country and learn from colleagues, hear from sector leaders on issues directly affecting the governor role and explore developments in the sector.

Our last event included speakers such as Chris Hopson, NHS Providers chief executive, Yvonne Coghill CBE OBE, director, WRES implementation NHS England and Imelda Redmond CBE, national director, Healthwatch. Our jam-packed, governor-specific programme will look at the sector through the lens of governors, exploring developments in the health and social care sector and examining issues most directly affecting the role of the governor. 

 

What our delegates said in 2019


"Well worthwhile: very encouraging to meet other governor groups with similar issues and some good solutions"



"A good opportunity to learn from colleagues about how things work in different settings"



"Interesting, informative and good networking."



"Speakers were excellent and the topics covered what was needed. It's good to feel governors are valued and have an important role."


"The networking is extremely useful - came away with some good ideas from elsewhere."



"Overall an essential conference."

Programme 

You can find our 2020 programme below, or you can download a PDF version of our programme here. 

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09.45

Registration / log on

10.00

Welcome and introduction

Welcome and Introduction

Sir Ron Kerr, Chair, NHS Providers 

 

10.15

Setting the scene - a national policy update

Setting the scene - a national policy update

Chris will provide an overview of the key issues facing the provider sector, with a particular emphasis on those areas of greatest concern to councils of governors.

Chris Hopson, Chief Executive, NHS Providers   

 

11.05

Governor Showcase

Governor Showcase

Showcasing examples of good practice in Councils of Governors around the country.

 

11.30

Breakout discussions

Breakout discussions

Using Zoom breakouts, delegates will be able to network and share views and experiences with small numbers of colleagues. Key points of feedback will be shared with the whole group.

 

12.10

Closing remarks

12.15

Day one close

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13.45

Registration / log on

14.00

Welcome and introduction

Welcome and introduction

The NHS Providers team

 

14.10

Update from the governor support team

Update from the governor support team

Mark Price will give an update on governor support and the work of the NHS Providers Governor Advisory Committee.

Mark Price, Programme Manager – Governor Support, NHS Providers

 

14.25

A Digital Future for the NHS

A Digital Future for the NHS

Milton Keynes is one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the NHS and Professor Harrison has been its Chief Executive since 2012. He believes passionately that embracing technology, IT and digital innovation helps both patients and staff and improves the quality of care. He will outline what has been achieved in his trust and how a digital future is an essential part of the NHS Long Term Plan.          

Professor Joe Harrison, Chief Executive, Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

 

15.05

Governor Showcase

Governor Showcase

Showcasing examples of good practice in Councils of Governors around the country.

 

15.30

Breakout discussions

Breakout discussions

Using Zoom breakouts, delegates will be able to network and share views and experiences with small numbers of colleagues. Key points of feedback will be shared with the whole group.

 

16.10

Closing remarks

16.15

Day two close

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09.45

Registration / log on

10.00

Welcome and introduction

Welcome and introduction

The NHS Providers Team

 

10.10

Mental health is everyone's business

Mental health is everyone's business

Centre for Mental Health is a charity with over 30 years’ experience in providing life changing research, economic analysis and policy influence in mental health. Over the last decade, its work has expanded to include physical health, wellbeing, inequality and multiple disadvantages across the life course. Sarah will explain why all governors, not just those from mental health trusts, need to be aware of the current issues and challenges for mental health services.

Sarah Hughes, Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health

 

10.50

Governor Showcase

Governor Showcase

Showcasing examples of good practice in Councils of Governors around the country.

 

11.15

Breakout discussions

Breakout discussions

Using Zoom breakouts, delegates will be able to network and share views and experiences with small numbers of colleagues. Key points of feedback will be shared with the whole group.

 

12.00

Recap of the key issues of the week and closing remarks

12.15

Conference close

Governor showcase

Our Governor showcase exhibition area is an opportunity for trusts to showcase the exciting work their governors are doing and any examples of best practice. Each year we invite trusts to apply to take part in our showcase, with the successful applicants given a free stand in our exhibition to display the exciting work they are doing. 

 

Share interesting practice

In our showcase area, we are always keen to hear what works in terms of councils of governors exercising their statutory duties. Engaging with members and the public is always a hot topic as is developing good relationships with the trust board.

Governor showcase 2019 participants

12 trusts took part in Governor showcase 2019 to showcase examples of best practice and demonstrate how their governors are making an impact. 
Find out more about their work and download their exhibition posters.


The trusts that took part were:

  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation
  • Trust Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

2020 Speakers

Further updates coming soon. 

Sir Ron Kerr
Sir Ron Kerr

Chair

NHS Providers

 
Ron has spent all his career in the health and care sector and has been a chief executive at national, regional and local level for over 30 years, latterly as chief executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust until 2015. He is currently independent chair of Healthier Together, the Sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and a board member of Genomics England Ltd. He is also a trustee of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and King’s College London. He was knighted for services to the NHS in 2011.
Sarah Hughes
Sarah Hughes

Chief Executive

Centre for Mental Health

 
Sarah has worked in mental health and criminal justice for 30 years. Having initially trained as a social worker, Sarah has managed a range of innovative community and secure services. She also led the research and evaluation of the pioneering First Night in Custody project in Holloway Prison which saw the roll out of these principles across the prison estate supported by the Cabinet Office.

In recent years, Sarah has led CPSL Mind, an organisation known internationally for values led practice and high impact campaigns including Stop Suicide and StressLess. After completing her master's degree in understanding organisations, Sarah is undertaking a professional doctorate with the Tavistock and Portman Centre, studying women, resilience and leadership.

She writes a blog and has written many guest pieces for various platforms. Sarah also hosts a regular vlog about mental health and wellbeing. Sarah undertakes a number of speaking commitments around the world and is part of the global mental health network.

As chief executive at the centre, she works with the UK government and high-profile organisations on mental health policy and practice.

Sarah holds a number of trustee and board roles for organisations such as Agenda Alliance, Association of Mental Health Providers, the Football Association and City Mental Health Alliance. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Salzburg Global, Zinc Academy and the Mental Health Collective. In 2019 Sarah also joined the prestigious Sciana Health Leaders Network.

Sarah is passionate about mental health and believes it is possible to achieve equality by drawing on the extraordinary evidence we already have about what works and paying careful attention to people’s lived experience.

Booking terms and conditions

  • Every trust is entitled to three delegate places to be appointed by the booker. 
  • Programme details are correct at time of going to press. We reserve the right to make changes where necessary
  • There may be a photographer or filming at the event and photographs of delegates may be used on future marketing materials. If you do not want your photograph to be taken or used in this way please notify a member of staff on site.

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